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:dance: O had his interview this morning. We drove down to the Jacksonville office. Many people waiting outside, because they don't open the doors until just before 7:30. Somehow I had a tiny Swiss Army knife keychain thing in the depths of my purse, so the door guards went through every inch of my purse and gave me a stern lecture about that. They took the knife and made me bring my iphone charger and gum back to the car. I should have just left the purse in the car! O had gone ahead and was gone into the interview before I got back, so I couldn't wish him good luck. Oh vell...

O reports that the interviewer was neither mean nor nice, just all-business and quick. He asked to see his passport and Perm. Res. card and then started asking the test questions while O was getting the stuff from his binder, where I had gone all out organizing documents and copies with labels and the whole shebang (and it was never looked at by the interviewer, of course).

It all went super fast, O says. He was asked to verify basic stuff from the application, where his wife lives (maybe a trick question?), what was his last trip out of the U.S., and then asked to see the selective service registration notice form but then found it in the file he had already. (Again, the binder lost its chance to dazzle the interviewer!)

Test questions asked (he remembers only five because it went so fast):

1. What is an amendment?

2. Who vetoes bills?

3. Where is the FL state capitol?

4. What are we pledging allegiance to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

5. Which three countries did the U.S. fight in World War Two?

Then he was asked to write, "The White House is in Washington, D.C."

Like a Jeopardy episode, then he was asked to read the question, "Where is the White House?"

O had to sign some papers. The interviewer then told him, "Congratulations, you passed." But, since his three year perm. res. anniversary is not until next week, he could not receive the oath appointment today. The interviewer said that it will be sent in the mail. He gave O a form N-652 Naturalization Interview Results and the following items were checked:

You pass the tests of English and U.S. history and government.

A decision cannot yet be made about your application.

So, it's back to mailman spotting while we wait for that oath letter! B-)

:unsure: The only lingering question for me is why the interviewer didn't collect the 2009 IRS tax transcript since O received a yellow letter requesting he bring tax transcripts or copies for all three years. That was expected, because when we sent in the naturalization application we hadn't yet filed a 2009 tax return and had only sent 2007 and 2008 transcripts. Anyone think we should just send it in with a copy of that letter?


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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

2/15/10 Sent N-400 packet via Fedex to Lewisville TX

2/19/10 Received text message and email notification of application received, check cashed

2/27/10 Received biometrics appointment letter

3/19/10 Biometrics appointment

3/25/10 Received email notice that case will be sent for interview scheduling at local office

3/26/10 Received yellow letter asking to being more tax records/info to interview

3/27/10 Received interview letter (dated 3/24/10)

4/28/10 Interview appointment

6/5/10 Received oath letter (dated 6/1/10)

6/29/10 Oath ceremony date

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:dance: O had his interview this morning. We drove down to the Jacksonville office. Many people waiting outside, because they don't open the doors until just before 7:30. Somehow I had a tiny Swiss Army knife keychain thing in the depths of my purse, so the door guards went through every inch of my purse and gave me a stern lecture about that. They took the knife and made me bring my iphone charger and gum back to the car. I should have just left the purse in the car! O had gone ahead and was gone into the interview before I got back, so I couldn't wish him good luck. Oh vell...

O reports that the interviewer was neither mean nor nice, just all-business and quick. He asked to see his passport and Perm. Res. card and then started asking the test questions while O was getting the stuff from his binder, where I had gone all out organizing documents and copies with labels and the whole shebang (and it was never looked at by the interviewer, of course).

It all went super fast, O says. He was asked to verify basic stuff from the application, where his wife lives (maybe a trick question?), what was his last trip out of the U.S., and then asked to see the selective service registration notice form but then found it in the file he had already. (Again, the binder lost its chance to dazzle the interviewer!)

Test questions asked (he remembers only five because it went so fast):

1. What is an amendment?

2. Who vetoes bills?

3. Where is the FL state capitol?

4. What are we pledging allegiance to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

5. Which three countries did the U.S. fight in World War Two?

Then he was asked to write, "The White House is in Washington, D.C."

Like a Jeopardy episode, then he was asked to read the question, "Where is the White House?"

O had to sign some papers. The interviewer then told him, "Congratulations, you passed." But, since his three year perm. res. anniversary is not until next week, he could not receive the oath appointment today. The interviewer said that it will be sent in the mail. He gave O a form N-652 Naturalization Interview Results and the following items were checked:

You pass the tests of English and U.S. history and government.

A decision cannot yet be made about your application.

So, it's back to mailman spotting while we wait for that oath letter! B-)

:unsure: The only lingering question for me is why the interviewer didn't collect the 2009 IRS tax transcript since O received a yellow letter requesting he bring tax transcripts or copies for all three years. That was expected, because when we sent in the naturalization application we hadn't yet filed a 2009 tax return and had only sent 2007 and 2008 transcripts. Anyone think we should just send it in with a copy of that letter?

congratulations!!!!

Sometimes they ask for things that they don't see that are still required during the interview.


N-400 Naturalization Timeline

06/28/11 .. Mailed N-400 package via Priority mail with delivery confirmation

06/30/11 .. Package Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

07/06/11 .. Received e-mail notification of application acceptance

07/06/11 .. Check cashed

07/08/11 .. Received NOA letter

07/29/11 .. Received text/e-mail for biometrics notice

08/03/11 .. Received Biometrics letter - scheduled for 8/24/11

08/04/11 .. Walk-in finger prints done.

08/08/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Placed in line for interview scheduling

09/12/11 .. Received Yellow letter dated 9/7/11

09/13/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Interview scheduled

09/16/11 .. Received interview letter

10/19/11 .. Interview - PASSED

10/20/11 .. Received text/email: Oath scheduled

10/22/11 .. Received OATH letter

11/09/11 .. Oath ceremony

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:dance: O had his interview this morning. We drove down to the Jacksonville office. Many people waiting outside, because they don't open the doors until just before 7:30. Somehow I had a tiny Swiss Army knife keychain thing in the depths of my purse, so the door guards went through every inch of my purse and gave me a stern lecture about that. They took the knife and made me bring my iphone charger and gum back to the car. I should have just left the purse in the car! O had gone ahead and was gone into the interview before I got back, so I couldn't wish him good luck. Oh vell...

O reports that the interviewer was neither mean nor nice, just all-business and quick. He asked to see his passport and Perm. Res. card and then started asking the test questions while O was getting the stuff from his binder, where I had gone all out organizing documents and copies with labels and the whole shebang (and it was never looked at by the interviewer, of course).

It all went super fast, O says. He was asked to verify basic stuff from the application, where his wife lives (maybe a trick question?), what was his last trip out of the U.S., and then asked to see the selective service registration notice form but then found it in the file he had already. (Again, the binder lost its chance to dazzle the interviewer!)

Test questions asked (he remembers only five because it went so fast):

1. What is an amendment?

2. Who vetoes bills?

3. Where is the FL state capitol?

4. What are we pledging allegiance to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

5. Which three countries did the U.S. fight in World War Two?

Then he was asked to write, "The White House is in Washington, D.C."

Like a Jeopardy episode, then he was asked to read the question, "Where is the White House?"

O had to sign some papers. The interviewer then told him, "Congratulations, you passed." But, since his three year perm. res. anniversary is not until next week, he could not receive the oath appointment today. The interviewer said that it will be sent in the mail. He gave O a form N-652 Naturalization Interview Results and the following items were checked:

You pass the tests of English and U.S. history and government.

A decision cannot yet be made about your application.

So, it's back to mailman spotting while we wait for that oath letter! B-)

:unsure: The only lingering question for me is why the interviewer didn't collect the 2009 IRS tax transcript since O received a yellow letter requesting he bring tax transcripts or copies for all three years. That was expected, because when we sent in the naturalization application we hadn't yet filed a 2009 tax return and had only sent 2007 and 2008 transcripts. Anyone think we should just send it in with a copy of that letter?

Oh wow! I had my interview at the Jacksonville office as well 2 weeks ago, and I was asked the same set of questions for the civics test.

I was a day shy of my anniversary and he gave me the same paper with similar info as the one you explained. I got the oath letter 5 days ago for a ceremony on 05/20/10.

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Congrats.


بســــم اللـــــه الــــرحمـن الــــرحــــيم

My N-400 timeline, I hope it will help - Local Office (Chula Vista Field Office - San Diego)

10/01/2010: Application was sent.

10/04/2010: Application was received.

10/06/2010: Email received "Application has been received" & Noticed Date.

10/07/2010: "Touch"

10/08/2010: "Touch" & Check was Cashed

10/09/2010: NOA1 Received via mail.

10/22/2010: Status Changed Online "Request for evidence" It was for Biometrics.

10/25/2010: Request for evidence recieved "Biometrics Notice".

11/18/2010: Biometrics date ==> 11:00AM. Biometrics was taken On time.

12/03/2010: "Yellow Letter" Received.

12/06/2010: "Touch" Case Moved to "Testing and Interview".

12/08/2010: Interview Letter received via mail.

01/13/2011: Interview Date. Done, " Thanks To ALLAH, I Passed the Test.

01/18/2011: Oath Letter was Sent.

01/20/2011: Oath Letter Recieved via mail.

01/28/2011: Oath Date. ==> Done, I am a U.S. Citizen

01/31/2011: Applied for a U.S. Passport Book, And, U.S. Passport Card.

02/25/2011: Passport Book's Received.

02/26/2011: Passport Card's Received.

02/28/2011: Certificate Of Naturalization's Returned.

Game Over.

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Congrats! Now let it go..........the addiction to documents!


K1 Trip

6-23-2006: I-129 mailed

8-31-2006: K1 approved

11-15-2006: K1 Interview: done and visa approved

11-21-2006: K1 visa issued

11-27-2006: JFK as POE: Work authorized stamp on I-94

AOS Mission

12-16-2006: 1-485 + I-765 mailed

1-3-2007: NOA1 received: Notice date 12-28-2006

1-16-2007: Biometrics

1-17-2007: Case transferred to CSC

2-10-2007: I-693 RFE (whatever happened to the panel physician`s medical report?)

4-3-2007: Another I-693 RFE

5-8-2007: Resident Permit Card received Next Stop: February 6, 2009 (I-751)

Removal of Conditional Basis of Residency (Form I-751)

2-6-2009 Mailed Form 1-751:::VSC

2-14-2009 Received I-751 Receipt notice indicating one year extension of conditional residency status

3-6-2009 Biometrics:::::::::::::waiting for VSC

7-7-2009: E-mail notice received: Card production ordered

8-3-2009: 10year Green Card Received in the mail.

Naturalization Application (N-400)

2-16-2010: N-400 sent in..

4-2-2010: Biometrics

5-18-2010: Interview

6-16-2010: Certificate of Nat. received- Masterpiece is a USC!

7-16-2010: U.S Passport in hand

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Thanks, Luckylefty: maybe we'll see you at the ceremony on May 20th!

Masterpiece: you're so right. I looked at the yellow paper again and it says twice, in bold, not to mail anything in to them. So, the binder is dismantled and I guess it's time for a beer!


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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

2/15/10 Sent N-400 packet via Fedex to Lewisville TX

2/19/10 Received text message and email notification of application received, check cashed

2/27/10 Received biometrics appointment letter

3/19/10 Biometrics appointment

3/25/10 Received email notice that case will be sent for interview scheduling at local office

3/26/10 Received yellow letter asking to being more tax records/info to interview

3/27/10 Received interview letter (dated 3/24/10)

4/28/10 Interview appointment

6/5/10 Received oath letter (dated 6/1/10)

6/29/10 Oath ceremony date

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Congrats! :dance:

Thanks, Luckylefty: maybe we'll see you at the ceremony on May 20th!

Masterpiece: you're so right. I looked at the yellow paper again and it says twice, in bold, not to mail anything in to them. So, the binder is dismantled and I guess it's time for a beer!

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